Founding Members

Founding Members

Industry, Research and Brain Health

Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurological Sciences
Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Chicago, IL
Women’s Health Expert
Arlington, VA
Founder and Chief Director
Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas
Dallas, TX
Maine Medical Center's Geriatric Assessment Clinic and Central Maine Medical Center's Palliative Care Team
Manchester, ME
Global Brand Development and Product Team Leader
Alzheimer’s Disease, Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, IN
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Director of Research
Harvard Medical School, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Counsel
Faegre Baker Daniels
District of Columbia
Chief Medical Officer
Pfizer Inc.
New York, NY
AC Immune
Geneva, Switzerland
Chief Operating Officer, Universal Cable Productions, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs
NBCUniversal
Los Angeles, CA
Director of skull base surgery
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Chicago, IL
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Founder and President
Cognitive Care Solutions
Santa Ana, CA
President, North America Pharmaceuticals
Sanofi US
Bridgewater, NJ

Public Health Policy

Director of Communications and Policy
FasterCures
Washington, DC
President and CEO
The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)
Washington, DC
Texas Council on Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders
Dallas, TX
ACT on Alzheimer’s
Minneapolis, MN
Alzheimer's Disease and Geriatric Nursing Consultant
Morristown, New Jersey
Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Outreach Program
Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute
Morgantown, WV
Executive Director
Alzheimer's of Central Alabama
Birmingham, AL
Executive Director / CEO
Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center
Long Island, NY
Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
Knoxville, TN
Executive Director
Alzheimer’s North Carolina
Raleigh, NC

Non-Profit Leaders

Partner
Main Street Media Group, Co-Founder of Blondes vs. Brunettes
Hingham, MA
Founder
Women Inspiring Scientific Progress
Phoenix, AZ
CareGivers United
Fayetteville, AR
President
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
Kensington, MD
Women’s Athletic Director Emeritus / Consultant to Chancellor
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
Board Chair
American Health Assistance Foundation
New Orleans, LA
Film and Television Producer, Founder
The Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Executive Director
Center for Copyright Information
Chevy Chase, MD
Senior Vice President
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Board Member
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
Baltimore, MD
Senior Vice President
Cure Alzheimer's Fund
Wellesley, MA
Founder
Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s
Austin, TX
Director of Strategy and Innovation
Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Non-Profit Civic Leader and Strategic Advisor
Emory University Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Atlanta, Georgia
President and CEO
Beating Alzheimer’s by Embracing Science (B.A.B.E.S.)
San Diego, CA
Co-Founder and Vice President
USAgainstAlzheimer’s
Washington, DC

Civic Leaders

President
D2 Strategies
Dearborn, Michigan & Washington, DC
Co-Founder
Age Wave
Emeryville, CA
Help Stamp OUT Alzheimer's
Irvine, CA
Film Director
San Francisco, CA
Activist / Fundraiser and Journalist
Los Angeles, CA
Director
Cambridge Information Group
Bethesda, MD
Former General Counsel
DreamWorks
Los Angeles, CA
Jupiter, Florida
Arlington, VA
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
Union City, TN & District of Columbia
Board Member
USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network
McLean, Virginia
Republican Strategist and Lobbyist
Franklin Square Group
Washington, DC
Talent Manager
Untitled Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA
Director of Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatients Program
Compass Health Center
Chicago, IL
  • Sara Allen Abbott, Partner, Main Street Media Group, Co-Founder of Blondes vs. Brunettes
    Hingham, MA
  • Sara Allen Abbott created and co-founded Blondes vs. Brunettes, now an Alzheimer's Association official national fundraiser with games in more than 20 cities nationwide, and more than $3 million dollars donated. She lost her paternal grandmother and her father to the disease. Formerly the major gifts manager at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sara is a partner at Main Street Media Group, a boutique social media consulting company.
  • Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center and the Rush Alzheimer's Center ( RADC)
    Chicago, IL
    Dr. Aggarwal works with many community based and national organizations promoting ways to ensure that positive lifestyle changes lead to better cognitive and physical health across the aging continuum. She is a cognitive neurologist, with particular interest in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and conducts original research in a variety of large scale community based studies in Chicago. She serves as the senior examining neurologist for the community based minority studies at the RADC, a position that she has held for over 15 years. She also represents RUSH, as the Steering Committee member for the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Group, a group that develops clinical trials to prevent and slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease and is the Clinical Core Co-Leader of the RUSH Alzheimer's Disease Center's federally funded Clinical Core. She presently, serves as a Board member for multiple organizations, including the Sex and Gender Women's Health Collaborative,  the American Medical Women's Association, the West Side Institute for Science and Education at the Jesse Brown VA,  Building a Healthier Chicago and Arogya World.  
  • Rebecca Ailes-Fine, Founder, Women Inspiring Scientific Progress
    Phoenix, AZ
    Rebecca Ailes-Fine is one of the founding women of WISP, Women Inspiring Scientific Progress, in Phoenix, AZ, a group supporting, and supported by, Banner Alzheimer's Foundation.  She is a community activist and volunteer receiving the 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award from AFP Greater Arizona Chapter.  Rebecca holds seats on non-profit boards in the community and raises awareness and funds for various charities.  Her mother is being treated at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute and both her mother and the family have received tremendous support, education and help from them. 
  • Marietta Anthony, PhD
    Arlington, VA
  • Marietta Anthony has worked on a variety of women's health issues and has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards on women's health. Marietta played a leadership role in women’s health at the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Dr. Anthony served on an Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel on women's health research: Pitfalls, Progress, and Promise.  She founded the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health at the University of Arizona and chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Health Status of Women and Families.  She was Director of Women's Health Research at Georgetown and Gene Logic.  Her most recent work has been on Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Cecilia O. Arradaza, Director of Communications and Policy, FasterCures
    Washington, DC
  • Cecilia Arradaza is FasterCures' communications and policy director. She manages communications programs, stakeholder outreach strategies and policy priorities. Cecilia has more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications on key issues that impact medical research and the life sciences industry. She joined FasterCures from Chandler Chicco Agency (CCA), a health communications firm, where she managed public affairs for clients including Johnson & Johnson, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and VHA Inc. Before joining CCA, Cecilia implemented issues advocacy initiatives for pharmaceutical and foundation clients of Hyde Park Communications, managed media relations and public education efforts for the American Psychiatric Association, and was part of the health and international public affairs practices at Powell Tate.  Cecilia began her health communications career at the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Women's Health Network. She is an active advocate for accelerating progress on Alzheimer's disease, having lost her father to Alzheimer’s and seeing the diseases devastating ripple effects.
  • Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas
    Dallas, TX
  • Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, is committed to maximizing human cognitive potential across the entire human lifespan. Spearheaded by Dr. Chapman, the Alzheimer’s disease research at the Center for BrainHealth is focused on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, identifying brain biomarkers to aid in detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and staving off and slowing cognitive decline. 
  • Laurel Coleman, M.D., FACP, Maine Medical Center's Geriatric Assessment Clinic and Central Maine Medical Center's Palliative Care Team
    Manchester, ME
    Dr. Coleman is an attending physician at Maine Medical Center’s Geriatric Assessment Clinic and Central Maine Medical Center’s Palliative Care Team. Dr. Coleman was a non-federal appointee to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services. She is actively involved in the Alzheimer’s Association, both as a past president of the Maine Chapter and as a former member of the national Board of Directors. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM).
  • Meryl Comer, President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
    Kensington, MD

     

  • Meryl Comer was named President of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative in November 2007. Winner of the 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award and the 2007 Proxmire Award, Meryl has been the at-home caregiver for the past 16 years for her husband with early onset Alzheimer’s and more recently, for her mother with late stage dementia. She has provided testimony before Congress, serves on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association and served on the 2008 Alzheimer’s Study Group, charged with presenting a National Strategic Plan to Congress in March 2009. Meryl is also an Emmy-award winning reporter, producer, and business talk show host with over 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism.
  • Deborah Dingell, President, D2 Strategies
    Dearborn, Michigan
    Washington, DC
  • Deborah Dingell is the President of D2 Strategies, and is Chair of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council. She is an active civic and community leader in both Michigan and Washington, D.C. and is a recognized national advocate for women and children.
  • Maddy Dychtwald, Co-Founder, Age Wave
    Emeryville, CA
  • Maddy Dychtwald is an author, speaker and Age Wave co-founder, and a leading expert on the changing demographic trends—both generation- and gender-related—shaping the marketplace, the workplace and our lives. Maddy has spent more than 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle and market trends of older adults and the 79 million baby boomers. Building on this knowledge, she has recently emerged as a renowned authority on the rising economic influence of women and their impact on industries from financial services and healthcare to consumer marketing. 
  • Lynda Everman, Help Stamp OUT Alzheimer's
    Irvine, CA
  • Lynda Everman has spent most of her adult life as a caregiver, first for her dad who, in 1994, showed symptoms of vascular dementia, and then for her husband who was diagnosed w MCI in 1997 and passed away in 2012. In 2010 she stepped out from the shadows and silence of caregiving to join fellow advocate Kathy Siggins in a national campaign for a semi postal stamp to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. A retired Human Resources professional from the University of California, she is determined to change the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease through public policy and increased funding for biomedical research.
  • Phyllis Barkman Ferrell, Global Brand Development and Product Team Leader for Alzheimer’s Disease, Eli Lilly and Company
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Phyllis Ferrell is currently the Global Brand Development and Product Team Leader for Alzheimer’s Disease in Lilly BioMedicines.  Phyllis and her team are responsible for the late-stage development and global registration of Solanezumab and subsequent launch and commercialization.  The team is also responsible for several other earlier stage assets targeted at treating patients and their caregivers that are battling Alzheimer’s.
  • Grace Frisone, Board Chair, American Health Assistance Foundation
    New Orleans, LA
  • Grace Frisone, a four-year veteran of the American Health Assistance Foundation Board and current Chair, is a financial services executive with 30 years of experience in business development, strategy and e-commerce. She spent the bulk of her career with JP Morgan in New York and Milan where she developed business with Fortune 100 companies, banks and government agencies and high net worth individuals. From 2002 until 2006 she was the Director of Trust and Asset Management at Capital One Bank. She was a member of the board of Capital One Asset Management and responsible for $4 billion in personal and institutional assets, including the bank’s mutual funds. Grace's mother died of Alzheimer's. 
  • Jill M. Goldstein, Ph.D, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director of Research, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • Dr. Jill Goldstein is a clinical neuroscientist, internationally-recognized expert on sex differences in the brain and the implications for understanding sex differences in neuropsychiatric disorders, including disorders of brain aging. Her program of research (Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain; http://cnl-sd.bwh.harvard.edu) consists of investigators integrating brain imaging with psychophysiology, neuroendocrinology, genetics, inflammatory factors, and collaborative efforts with animal investigators studying genes, hormones, and the brain. She is currently investigating why women are at significantly higher risk for memory decline and Alzheimer’s Disease postmenopause than men. Dr. Goldstein is also a leader in training the next generation of women and men in women’s health and sex differences in medicine.
  • Laurie Burrows Grad, Activist / Fundraiser and Journalist
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Laurie Burrows Grad is a cookbook author, television chef, food journalist, and activist/fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association.  In the humanitarian arena, she is a highly regarded activist for the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles. Twenty-one years ago, she created an annual, star-studded fundraising dinner, A Night at Sardi's, and has been the event's chairperson ever since along with her husband Peter Grad. Their work for Alzheimer's has helped to raise over twenty-one million dollars for much-needed research and assistance for those in need. In addition she has served on the newly formed Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee at Cedars Sinai Hospital.
  • Jill Granader, Director, Cambridge Information Group
    Bethesda, MD
  • Jill Granader directs special projects and serves on the Board of Cambridge Information Group, a management and investment firm, focused on education, research and information services. Jill has maintained several roles in some of CIG’s companies including Director of Alumni Relations at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Associate General Counsel at CIG.  Jill is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate.  As part of CASA she is appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.
  • Phyllis Greenburger, M.S.W, President and CEO, The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)
    Washington, DC
  • Phyllis E. Greenberger is the President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research.
  • Rita Hortenstine, Texas Council on Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders
    Dallas, TX
  • Rita Hortenstine is a Governor Rick Perry appointee to the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and a national voice for Alzheimer’s disease research and caregiving. Rita serves on the Darrell K. Royal Research for Alzheimer’s Fund Board of Advisors and is the Co-Chair of the Fund's kick-off event. She is also a member of the steering committee for the Friends of Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is on the advisory board for the Center for Brain Health. Rita served on the National Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors and on the board of directors for the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  She is a key leader in the initiation of programs for persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, most notably the R.J. Roper Caregivers and Respite Program, which she founded in honor of her father.
  • Kate Johnson, Film and Television Producer, Founder of The Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Kate Edelman Johnson is a film and television producer and the daughter of the motion picture producer, Louis F. Edelman, and the widow of Deane F. Johnson, entertainment attorney and Managing Partner of O’Melveny & Meyers, who later became President of Warner Communication, Inc. and Time-Warner, Inc. Her husband died with Alzheimer’s. In October 2004 Kate and Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, M.D., Director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Center opened The Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA. 
  • Kathy Kendrick, Former General Counsel, DreamWorks
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Kathy Kendrick was General Counsel for DreamWorks for 14 years, and before that was Vice President-European Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Company, based in Paris, France. Before moving to Paris, Kendrick served as a Director of Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Studios, having segued to Disney from the law firm of Latham & Watkins. 
  • Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, New Hampshire 2nd District
    New Hampshire
  • Annie Kuster joined Congress in 2013 as the Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.  Prior to running for Congress, she was an attorney and nonprofit consultant from Hopkinton, New Hampshire. She led the development of the Susan McLane Memory Wellness Center in Concord, New Hampshire to support and serve the needs of patients with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and families. 
  • Debra Lappin, Counsel, Faegre Baker Daniels 
    District of Columbia
  • Debra Lappin is recognized across government, academic and nonprofit sectors as a leading strategist in public health and science policy. She consults on innovative public-private partnerships, global consortia and other strategic alliances among academic research institutions, voluntary health agencies, government and industry. Calling upon her experiences as former national chair of Arthritis Foundation, Debra is a recognized national spokesperson on public engagement in the nation's public health and scientific enterprise. 
  • Debra serves or has served as an advisor to the leading agencies in public health, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. She has participated on a number of committees at the National Academy of Sciences, including the Committee on the Organizational Structure of the NIH which led to a number of directions incorporated in the 2006 NIH Reform Act. Debra is President of the Council for American Medical Innovation, a member of the Board of Research!America and an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
  • Jill Lesser, Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information
    Chevy Chase, MD
  • Jill Lesser is an USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network Board member and a strategic policy consultant advising non-profit and corporate clients on media and communications policy issues, with a particular focus on consumer protection, child-safety, intellectual property rights and free expression. Jill is also the current Executive Director of The Center for Copyright Information. Jill’s mother has the disease.
  • Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., DFAPA, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.
    New York, NY
  • Freda Lewis-Hall is the chief medical officer of Pfizer Inc. Trained as a psychiatrist, she has held leadership roles in academia, medical research, front-line patient care, and at global biopharmaceutical companies including Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly. Prior to her work in industry, she led research projects for the National Institutes of Health and was vice chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine.
  • In 2010, Dr. Lewis-Hall was appointed by the Obama Administration to the inaugural Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and in 2012 she was appointed chair of the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board and a member of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative and on numerous other boards, including those of Harvard Medical School, The Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, and Save the Children.
  • Dr. Lewis-Hall has been named as one of Savoy’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America in 2012 and was selected as the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association 2011 “Woman of the Year.” A passionate advocate for empowering patients through health information, Dr. Lewis-Hall speaks frequently in venues from TEDMED to the Essence Music Festival and appears regularly on the Emmy-winning daytime syndicated show, The Doctors.
  • Nancy Lynn, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
    New York, NY
  • Nancy Lynn is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and is responsible for all the non-scientific functions of the Foundation. Prior to joining the ADDF, Nancy worked for eleven years at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (1998 - 2009). Her service at the Museum included positions as Director of Corporate Relations (responsible for raising major funds from the business sector for the Museum’s national initiatives), and as Director of Global Business Development (supervising the international distribution of the Museum’s science content / intellectual property and establishing collaborations with class-A science institutions and governmental organizations worldwide). From 1996 - 2004, she was a staff lecturer at The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
    Nancy is a Member of the National Board of Trustees for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York. She has served on leadership boards for the National Center for Science Education, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
  • Sylvia Mackey, Board Member, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
    Baltimore, MD
  • Sylvia Mackey successfully advocated for the creation of the “88 Plan” to provide financial support to the families of former NFL players to pay for care expenses related to dementia. She is on the Board of Directors, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration and the widow of Baltimore Colt’s star John Mackey. 
  • Helen Matheny, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Outreach Program, Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute
    Morgantown, WV
  • Helen Matheny is Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Outreach Program at Blanchett Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute.  The aim of the program is to provide physicians with training and tools to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Prior to joining the Institute, Helen helped to establish and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Medical Foundation, the educational and charitable organization of the West Virginia State Medical Association. 
    Previously, Helen served as Executive Director of the Partnership for a Healthy West Virginia and as Director of the Center for Electronic Health Best Practices.  Helen was appointed by Governor Joe Manchin III to serve on the West Virginia Healthy Lifestyle Coalition and to serve as a Commissioner for the Commission on Community and National Service.
    Helen is a member of the West Virginia Cardiovascular Health Advisory Board, the West Virginia Health Improvement Institute Coordinating Committee, and the West Virginia Oral Health Partnership Advisory Committee.
  • Mary B. O’Connor
    Arlington, VA
  • Mary O’Connor has held numerous leadership positions in the public domain.  Most recently, Mary was the Director of Outreach at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, DC.  Her previous positions included serving as President of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, a national organization of over 1600 women who fund U.S. citizen scholars in the fields of science, engineering and medical research.  Mary’s philanthropic work has included spearheading the fundraising campaign for a new 100 bed Alzheimer’s Assisted Living Facility at Presbyterian Village, outside of Atlanta.  She also has supported fundraising efforts for the Foundation for Neurologic Diseases at Harvard University.  Mary’s husband Dan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 56 and died ten years later.
  • Bonnie Osher
    Jupiter, Florida
  • Bonnie Osher is a producer of Broadway and national road show productions of The Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, The Producers, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and has won Tony and Grammy awards. She was Vice President of Marketing for Cap Toys. Early Onset Alzheimer’s runs in her son-in-law’s family. 
  • Miller Piggott, MSW, Executive Director, Alzheimer's of Central Alabama
    Birmingham, AL
  • Miller Piggott is a founding member of Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) and has served as the Executive Director since 1997.  ACA is a local organization helping local families, with a mission to provide services, education, research and advocacy.  In addition to her position with ACA, Miller spent over twenty years working for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Aging and for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).  Miller served as the Education Director for the ADRC and was responsible for outreach, education and recruitment for the Center’s research programs.  She is serving on Governor Bentley’s Alzheimer’s Task Force.  She has been named Professional of the Year by the Alabama Gerontological Society, and was named “Health Care Advocate of the Year”, by the Birmingham Business Journal. 
  • Beth Roberts, Chief Operation Officer, Universal Cable Productions, Executive Vice President Business Affairs, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Beth Roberts is Chief Operating Officer, Universal Cable Productions and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios. As part of UCP’s four-person management team, Roberts oversees operational responsibilities for the strategic and financial growth of Universal Cable Productions.  Additionally, Roberts identifies key strategic initiatives in the areas of content creation and business development for the studio as well as managing day-to-day operations. Along with her COO role, Roberts' duties include oversight of business affairs for a portfolio encompassing USA Network, Syfy, E! Entertainment, G4, Cloo, Chiller, Universal HD, UCP and Wilshire Studios. Beth’s father died from Alzheimer’s. 
  • Ellen Rose, Director of Communications, Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy
    San Francisco, CA
  • Ellen Rose is Director of Communications for Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy (Jansen AI), a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and a partner with Pfizer in the Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program (AIP).
  • Gail Rosseau, Director of skull base surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Chicago, IL
  • Gail Linskey Rosseau is director of skull base surgery of NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is board-certified and has been an examiner for the American Board of Neurological Surgery. She has been elected to the leadership of the American Association of Neirological Surgeons, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, and the Société fe Neurochirurgie de Langue Française. Gail devotes considerable energy to philanthropic endeavors. She is the colunteer coordinator of the Foundation for International Edication in Neurosurgery, which sends volunteer neursurgeons to the developing world. She is on the board of directors of the World Federation of Neursurgical Societies Foundation, which rasies funds and donations-in-kind to provide equipment for neursurgical services in the developing world. 
    Gail is also a civic leader. She served on the finance committees and women's committes for Barack Obama's senatorial and presidential campaigns. She also acted as his surrogate speaker on healthcare issues during the primary and general presidential election campaigns. 
  • Sally Rosenfield, Senior Vice President, Cure Alzheimer's Fund
    Wellesley, MA
  • Sally Rosenfield is Senior Vice President at Cure Alzheimer's Fund. For the past decade, Sally has held senior and managing director positions in the nonprofit sector - most recently with Hadassah, the largest women's volunteer organization in America, and prior to that with Camp Ramah, the informal education arm of the Conservative Movement of Judaism. At both organizations, Sally successfully managed the enterprise and built membership, participation and fundraising.
  • Edith Royal, Founder, Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s
    Austin, TX
  • Edith Royal established the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s with her husband after he was diagnosed with the disease. The fund will support collaborative research in Texas and promote the sharing of discoveries and treatment strategies nationwide.
  • Carol Paris Seay
    Dallas, TX
  • Carol Paris Seay is a community leader and volunteer.  She serves on the Board of the Betty Ford Center Foundation and the Executive Board and Steering Committee of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University.  She is recognized as a fundraiser having founded and chaired many events and as a committed board member having  served and currently serving on numerous community and civic boards.
  • Lesley Solomon, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • Lesley Solomon is Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. In this role Lesley is leading the hospital’s effort to deepen its relationship with industry while at the same time increasing awareness of the depth and breadth of the academic medical center’s research.  She is also co-leading a strategic effort at the hospital around Innovation. Lesley has nearly 20 years of experience as an executive doing work in business development, marketing and strategy at start-ups, early stage, and large companies such as the Food Network, Barnes & Noble.com, and Yoga Works.  Lesley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in English from Cornell University.  Lesley’s connection to Alzheimer’s Disease is both personal as well as professional; two of her very close friends have lost family members to Alzheimer’s Disease, and she works daily with many of the faculty at BWH who have dedicated their lives to finding a way to treat or cure it.
  • Betty Ann Tanner,
    Union City, TN & District of Columbia
  • Betty Ann Tanner is an interior decorator and owner of Betty Ann Tanner Accessories.  She is a trustee with the University of Tennessee System which includes the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. Her Washington, DC non-profit boards include Ford's Theatre Society, The Congressional Club and International Student House.  She previously chaired the March of Dimes Gala, Prevent Cancer Foundation Gala, Meridian Ball and First Lady's Luncheon. She serves on the board of Discovery Park of America in Tennessee where she resides with her husband, former Congressman John Tanner, when she is not in Washington.
  • Mary Rose Taylor, Non-Profit civic leader and Strategic Advisor, Emory University Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mary Taylor is a non-profit and civic leader and a strategic advisor to the Emory University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. A founding member of the Atlanta Auxiliary of the Alzheimer’s Association, she is dedicated to advancing Emory University’s research and clinical work in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Board of Counselors for the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum and the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia Libraries.
    Prior to her full time volunteer work in Atlanta, Ms. Taylor spent twenty years in broadcast journalism. She began her career with “60 Minutes” at CBS News in New York in 1968. From there, she researched, directed and/or produced award-winning documentary films for CBS, the BBC, PBS with Bill Moyers and the CBC with Tom Wolfe. After serving in a variety of local news positions in New York City and Washington, D. C., she moved to Atlanta to anchor the local news from 1980 to 1984 for the Gannett-owned WXIA-TV, where she earned recognition for outstanding achievement in investigative reporting.
  • Shawn Taylor, Board Member, USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network
    McLean, Virginia
  • Shawn Taylor is a member of the USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network Board and a leader in the Washington DC philanthropic community. Her personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease, both in her family and her husband’s, has led to a meaningful relationship with the Alzheimer’s Association. Shawn served as co-chair of the 2007 Washington Monuments Luncheon. Her gifts as a major donor through the luncheon, the National Alzheimer’s Gala, and the new women’s campaign have provided critically needed funds to support Alzheimer research and to provide information, education and support to those in our community touched by the disease.
  • Ryan Triplette, Republican Strategist and Lobbyist, Franklin Square Group
    Washington, DC
  • Ryan Triplette has been involved in the Alzheimer's movement since 2005, when she became involved with the development of Blondes vs. Brunettes.  Since then, she has devoted her energies to helping grow the event in Washington, DC and throughout the country as well as sitting on the National Capital Area Alzheimer's Association Board for five years. She is a passionate believer that a cure is attainable within this generation and that no one will have to face the same pain endured by her grandfather and great aunt. Professionally, Ryan is a Republican strategist and lobbyist at the Franklin Square Group, a boutique technology and new economy firm, specializing in intellectual property and civil reform issues.  Prior to joining the Franklin Square Group, Ryan was Director of Government Relations for Intel Corporation and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under the Republican leadership of Senators Hatch and Specter.
  • Jamie Tyrone, RN, President and CEO, Beating Alzheimer’s by Embracing Science (B.A.B.E.S.)
    San Diego, CA
  • Jamie Tyrone is an RN, Marketing Executive, and advocate who currently knows that her genotype puts her at a 91% lifetime risk of suffering from AD. She and her family were highlighted in the CNN award winning documentary "Filling the Blank" in which current advances in research were discussed. Her accomplishment of "flipping the fear" in her knowledge of her genetic status has resulted in her founding the non-profit charitable organization Beating Alzheimer's by Embracing Science (B.A.B.E.S.) to raise money and awareness for the need of increased funding for research.
  • Alissa Vradenburg, Talent Manager, Untitled Entertainment
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Alissa Vradenburg practiced entertainment law at Troop, Meisenger in Los Angeles before segueing into talent management. She currently represents actors at the LA-based company Untitled Entertainment. She lost her maternal grandmother to Alzheimer’s.
  • Jeannine Vradenburg, Director of Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatients Program at Compass Health Center
    Chicago, IL
  • Jeannine Vradenburg is the Director of Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program at Compass Health Center. Jeannine’s husband lost his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. 
  • Trish Vradenburg, Co-Founder and Vice President, USAgainstAlzheimer’s
    Washington, DC
  • Trish Vradenburg is the Co-founder and Vice President of USAgainstAlzheimer’s. Trish is a playwright/author/comedy writer/advocate. She has written for television including “Designing Women,” “Family Ties,” and “Kate and Allie.” She is a successful author as well, chosen as Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections for her novel, Liberated Lady. As a journalist, she has written extensively for The New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, and the anthology, Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul. Trish’s play, “Surviving Grace,” her comedic/dramatic homage to her Mother, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s, was produced at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theater and, after publication, throughout the U.S. 
  • Janice Wade-Whitehead, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
    Knoxville, TN
  • Janice Wade-Whitehead has been the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. since 1991. In 1995, she was awarded the “Public Citizen of the Year Award” by both the Knox Area Chapter and the Tennessee State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was appointed by the Governor in 2007 to the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force where she served as an officer of the taskforce helping to create the first Tennessee State Plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease.  She is a leader in state and federal advocacy efforts representing the Alzheimer’s community.   She has served on various committees with a national scope regarding public policy and educational initiatives.  Janice’s mother had Alzheimer’s disease and she helped to manage her care for over 12 years.
  • Alice Watkins, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s North Carolina
    Raleigh, NC
  • Alice Watkins has been the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s North Carolina for over 20 years. Prior to her work in the Alzheimer’s community, she was Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association of Raleigh (now downtown Raleigh Alliance) where she led successful efforts to revitalize of the city. Alice started her career in Public Affairs with NCNB (now Bank of America) and from there to membership development with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and a short session with the NC General Assembly.  Alice has held positions on many boards for organizations serving the public in North Carolina.